This year, one of the things I really wanted to do was to learn kumihimo, which is a Japanese braiding technique. I have taken the plunge and found a basic eight strand braid to be remarkably easy to learn. A disc is vital, as is a kumihimo weight which helps with the tension of the braid,
Of course, apart from all the patterns you can create using different colours, different numbers of cords and different disks, there is the excitement of being able to braid beads and gemstones into the braid as you go. Now that is something I definitely would like to try!